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Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11:03 a.m.

HEALDSBURG: An armchair tour of world's gardens

Veteran travel writer and photographer Yvonne Horn will lead an armchair tour of the world's gardens Nov. 28 at the Healdsburg Library.

The PowerPoint program, "Exploring the World one Garden at a Time," features gardens that could be nowhere else than where they are, gardens with tales to tell, gardens that express the passion of their creator and gardens with a bit of wacky embedded in their beauty.

The 7 p.m. talk is put on by Friends of the Library. 139 Piper St. For more information, call 433-3772.

KENWOOD: Make a wreath at Wildwood Farm

Sip hot cider and start your holiday decorating by making your own wreath Nov. 25 at Wildwood Farm in Kenwood.

The nursery will provide an array of fresh-cut boughs, the frame and the special wire. Bring your own ornaments for added creativity. Wildwood owners Sara and Joe Monte lead the class and offer hands-on instruction.

1 p.m. Cost is $20; $8 for kids under 10 accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. 10300 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 833-1161.

SEBASTOPOL: Making holiday arrangements

Master Gardener Sue Lovelace will demonstrate time-saving techniques for assembling holiday arrangements from your own garden, include choosing the right-sized oasis and container, during a 2-hour talk today in Sebastopol. The free workshops begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave. For information, call 565-2608 or visit

SANTA ROSA: Work off calories in the garden

One way to work off the holiday excess or ward off extra pounds is to spend a little quality time in the garden. Curtis Short will offer helpful hints and a good pep talk for transforming your dull lawn into a dynamic landscape during an appearance before the Santa Rosa Garden Club on Nov. 26.

Short will cover the pros and cons of lawns before moving on to various methods of removal. After that comes the fun stuff, a discussion of various planting possibilities.

Short, who has a degree in plant science and pathology from UC Davis, helped catalog some 4,000 heirloom and endangered seed varieties in the collection of legendary seed saver Will Bonsall. Short now works as a professional pruner of trees and shrubs.

The talk is open to the public, including non-members. The meeting is at 1:30 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For information, call 537-6885 or email

HEALDSBURG: Craftswomen come together for sale

Three local Sonoma County craftswomen, who all create quality hand-made products for cooking and dining, are coming together for a special sale Sunday that will raise money for the Healdsburg Education Fund.

Potter Amy Halko, woodworker Holly Jordan and weaver Marilyn Webster, as well as guest artist and ceramicist Forrest Lesch-Middleton, will be featured in a craft sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MIX Garden. MIX, which creates and sells garden materials, does garden design and installation and grows quality produce used by area chefs, is located at 1531 Healdsburg Ave.

Halko offers hand-thrown porcelain mugs, bowls, plates and tumblers ( Jordan creates maple, walnut, cherry cooking and serving utensils ( Webster creates towels and table linens ( Lesch-Middleton makes pattern-laden functional ceramics (

For information, call 869-3781 or email

(You can reach Staff Writer Meg McConahey at or 521-5204.)

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